- Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight (2008)
When Christopher Nolan reinvented the world of Batman in Batman Begins people wondered how he would follow up. He did so in casting someone that most people believed would not work, but ended up being surprising by easily becoming the greatest live action representation of the character so far. Ledger’s performance is creepy and hilarious all at once and it made the character and this adaptation extremely prominent in the eyes of the general public yet again. By the time the film had been released Ledger had passed away, but it didn’t stop him from getting praise for his performance including receiving an Academy Award.